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Guidelines for an Effective NSF Highlight

  • Not a plan, written in past or active tense only
  • Pictures that tell the story
  • Illustration - photo credit, permission to use
  • Relationship to people and the research
  • Story can be told in less than 1/2 page
  • Understandable by the general public with a high school education
  • Presence of intellectual merit
  • Represents possible transformative research
  • Presence of broader impacts, especially:
    • broadening participation
    • Potential societal impacts, e.g. U.S. economy
  • Ties into the IUCRC program
  • Lists center, institution, and PI

Think broadly. Research highlights can touch on many areas besides projects.

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